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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch Conference Room
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details - NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 99696 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 99696 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: ProductCoordination
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

Beta (128)

    • FF21.0b7 Desktop is ready to go
    • FF21.0b7 Mobile was shipped yesterday
    • FF21.0 final RC build's have gone to build and are with QA

Aurora (54)

Nightly (129)

Firefox Metro

  • Iteration #7: May 02 - May 23
    • 14% of the iteration work (20 points across 10 stories) has been completed to date (see table below).
    • 35% of the total project work has been completed to date.
    • We will be releasing figures on the project's quality performance and defect levels at the conclusion of Iteration #7.
    • Product Manager is reviewing release build to determine which 'out of scope' legacy features to turn off in V1.
    • Team on Work Week from May 13 - May 17.
  • Iteration #6: Finished on April 30
    • Team completed 74 story points across 20 features.
    • Team achieved a new average velocity of 51 story points per iteration which was an 8% improvment from the previous iteration.
    • Overall performance gain has resulted in a new expected production release forecast of November 19, 2013 - a reduction of 2 iterations from the previous status update.
    • Production Release Forecast now includes Best Case and Worst Case scenarios - View Release Forecast

Full Query
ID Summary Priority Status
781002 Story - Apply metro styling to the context menu P2 RESOLVED
831905 Story - Secure site indicators in the Firefox app bar P1 VERIFIED
831909 Story - Text selection in Firefox app bar (touch) P1 VERIFIED
831913 Story - Use the Firefox app bar in snapped view P2 VERIFIED
831915 Story - Implement Tile Widget and Groups - Part I P1 RESOLVED
833130 Story - Sync passwords P2 VERIFIED
833131 Sync bookmarks -- RESOLVED
833132 Story - Sync history P2 VERIFIED
833133 Story - Sync tabs P2 VERIFIED
833182 Story - Updating Metro Firefox P2 RESOLVED
835623 Story - Combine page contextual items (URL bar, bookmark star, etc.) into single app bar P2 VERIFIED
849312 [tracking] Backlog - Various sync issues P2 RESOLVED
849395 Story - Allow updates via about flyout P2 VERIFIED
850737 [MP] Story - Fix jank in start screen scrolling P2 RESOLVED
855147 Defect: Settings do not persist when closing Firefox from desktop application bar P1 VERIFIED
855297 Story - Provide a consistent OSK experience for when users have no keyboard and mouse P2 RESOLVED
856049 Defect - Lower border of "Pair a device" input box is missing P1 VERIFIED
856267 Defect - Context Menu overlapping with the Tab App Bar when visible P1 VERIFIED
858598 Defect - Select popups near the bottom of the screen are unusable P1 VERIFIED
860899 Story - Fixup all failing mochitest-metro-chrome tests in automation P1 RESOLVED
862209 Defect: Unloaded websites reloading after closing them while using "tabs from last time" -- RESOLVED
866065 Defect - ms-windows-store:// links should not need to be opened with an application P1 VERIFIED
867115 Defect - Context menu in snapped view shows the tab bar for an instant P1 VERIFIED
867121 Defect - Snapped view: Favicons too close to text in awesome screen P1 VERIFIED
867163 Defect - Restore tile button doesn't work when context app bar is visible on a second time P1 VERIFIED

25 Total; 0 Open (0%); 9 Resolved (36%); 16 Verified (64%);

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Google Star rating is *visual* 4.5 stars. We are tracking 4.25 for GA in actuality but the visual tipping point is a result of lot's of hard work

Beta (128)

  • We are backing out the fix for this crash because it blocks too many JB devices. We are considering doing a final beta to increase our confidence prior to GA: bug 853522 - crash in mozilla::MediaPluginHost::DestroyDecoder @ on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with espresso & espresso10 hw running JB
  • Otherwise, we just signed off on Fx21, this will include a push to the Yandex Store

Aurora (54)

  • The Dynamic URL bar (a.k.a Toolbar) has been deferred from Fx22. It remains enabled in Fx23 for testing and convergence
  • Slovak will replace Turkish as the next locale to add support for and it is slated for Fx22
  • Otherwise, double tap reflow-on-zoom, New Tab UI, ANR reporter, Async Canvas Playback

Nightly (129)


Firefox Health Report

  • On track to ship in desktop with Fx21
  • Will hit Android for either 23 or 24
  • Dashboards are still coming, but we can get useful data for Nightly/Aurora/Beta, ask mconnor+gps if you have questions.

Product Announcements

  • No updates.

Developer Tools

Feedback Summary


USR 20 should be available later this week.

  • Flash - We are still seeing as much (or more) negative feedback about flash stutter or generally causing a poor experience. Crashkill team reports that Flash crashes are down on beta but it seems to just result in more jerkiness complaints on beta, not sure it's actually improved the feedback.
  • Popups - We are seeing a significantly increased amount of popup reports in both Release and Beta. Assuming it is new malware.


Meeting this week to plan a strategy around replying to 1-star reviews on Google Play.

Getting ready for Firefox 21.

User Experience (Design and Research)

  • [WebRTC] Ramping up! (Boriss)
  • [metro] (yuan)
    • Sync UI adjustments:
    • Solution for Auto-complete page: mockup.
    • Notification for adding a bookmark: video
    • Solution for a new Metro & desktop update preference bug 866229

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform


  • On iOS, Google has now enabled app developers to integrate Chrome within their mobile applications.
  • Chrome Beta on Windows and Mac now supports the Chrome Office Viewer, an extension which provides seamless viewing of Microsoft Office files in the browser.
  • Google Translate added Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese and Marathi, bringing the total number of languages supported to more than 70




  • WebKit released SunSpider 1.0, an updated version of the Javascript benchmark. Among other improvements, delays between tests have been eliminated so it runs up to twice as fast.


  • 2013 is the first year that people will buy more tablets than PCs. There will be 256 million tablets sold and 183 million PCs this year. By 2017 the number of tablets shipped will reach half a billion. This is part of a larger trend of sustaining big growth for tablets, at the rate of 67% year - over - year and a decline in PC shipments, by 10% a year.

  • New Android version distribution numbers put Gingerbread at 38.5%, Jelly Bean at 28.4% and Ice Cream Sandwich at 27.5%.

  • Shipments of smartphones in 8 major developed markets and China put Android ahead with 64.2% on average and 68.8% across the EU, 45.8% in Japan, 61.7% in Australia and 49.3% in the US. iOS is shipped on between 19.4% of devices in the EU to 49.2% of them in Japan. Top device models in the surveyed countries are the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S III Mini, the Galaxy Ace, iPhone 4, LG Nexus 4, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy s II and the Blackberry Curve.

  • Developer builds of Chrome OS feature a touch - screen keyboard. Important because it could mean plans to deploy the OS on tablets.

  • Google has hired a Chief Game Designer. Gaming is one of the top app categories downloaded through the Play Store

  • The first two Tizen phones will be in the mid - end to high - end range and code - named Redwood and Melius.

  • Opera partnered with 7 Indian phone and tablet manufacturers such as Celkon, Karbonn, Lava, Intex, Fly, Zen and HCL ME to have Opera Mini pre - installed on their Android devices.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Firefox 21 highlights from the consumer and industry perspective

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • No surprises [johnath]

Actions this week